CiMonitor is a CI display aggregator. It displays the status of multiple Continuous Integration builds on a single web page. The intent is that you display the page on a big screen monitor or TV so that the status of all your projects' builds are highly visible/glanceable (a "Big Visible Chart"). CiMonitor currently supports:
NOTE: To get TeamCity to output the feed data needed for CIMonitor, you need to install a plugin into the server. You can find the plugin at http://github.com/iwz/Cradiator-TeamCity-Plugin
We use CiMonitor internally at Pivotal Labs to display the status of the builds for all our client projects. We also have an instance of CiMonitor running at ci.pivotallabs.com that we use for displaying the status of the builds of various open source projects - both of projects Pivotal Labs maintains (such as Refraction) and of non-Pivotal projects (such as Rails).
Get the code
CiMonitor is a Rails application. To get the code, execute the following:
git clone git://github.com/pivotal/cimonitor.git pivotal_cimonitor cd pivotal_cimonitor git submodule update --init bundle install
Set up the database
You'll need a database. Create it with whatever name you want. Copy
database.yml and edit the production environment configuration so it's right for your database:
cp config/database.yml.example config/database.yml <edit database.yml> RAILS_ENV=production rake db:create RAILS_ENV=production rake db:migrate
Set up the site keys
config/site_keys.rb and change
REST_AUTH_SITE_KEY to something secret.
cp config/site_keys.rb.example config/site_keys.rb <edit site_keys.rb>
Set up cron
Add a cron job at whatever frequency you like for the following command:
RAILS_ENV=production rake cimonitor:fetch_statuses > fetch_statuses.log 2>&1
This is what goes out and hits the individual builds. We find that if you do this too frequently it can swamp the builds. On the other hand, you don't want CiMonitor displaying stale information. At Pivotal we set it up to run every 3 minutes. Also, make sure that you set your PATH correctly in crontab to include the 'bundle' executable.
Start the application
nohup RAILS_ENV=production script/server & > cimonitor.log 2> &1
Each build that you want CiMonitor to display is called a "project" in CiMonitor. You need to login to set up projects.
Create a user
CiMonitor uses the Restful Authentication plugin for user security. Your first user must be created at the command line.
RAILS_ENV=production script/console User.create!(:login => 'john', :name => 'John Doe', :email => 'firstname.lastname@example.org', :password => 'password', :password_confirmation => 'password')
After that, you can login with the "login" as the username to CiMonitor and use the "New User" link to create new users.
Open a browser on CiMonitor. Login by clicking on "Login" in the upper-right corner.
Click on "Projects" in the upper-right corner. Click on "New Project" and enter the details for a build you want to display on CiMonitor. The "Name", "Project Type", and "Feed URL" are required. If your Feed URL is http://myhost.com:3333/projects/MyProject, then your RSS URL is probably http://myhost.com:3333/projects/MyProject.rss.
Optionally, if your Build system is behind Basic Authentication or Digest Authentication, you can enter the credentials.
If you want to temporarily hide your build on CiMonitor, you can uncheck the "Enable" checkbox.
CiMonitor's main display page is at
/. You can always get back there by clicking on the "Pivotal Labs" logo at the upper
Just open a browser on
/. The page will refresh every 30 seconds. When it refreshes, it shows whatever status was last
fetched by the cron job. That is, a refresh doesn't cause the individual Builds to be polled.
CiMonitor shows a big green check or a big red X to indicate a build's status. In addition, it shows the history of a project's builds: the previous 9 are displayed underneath as green or red dots. The larger the dot, the more recent the build.
CiMonitor looks good on an iPhone, by the way :)
CiMonitor can inform you of builds that have been red for more than 24 hours. Set up cron to daily execute:
RAILS_ENV=production rake cimonitor:red_over_one_day_notification > red_over_one_day_notification.log 2>&1
You can enter tags for a project (separated by commas) on the project edit page. You can then have CiMonitor display only projects that match a set of tags by going to /?tags=tag1,tag2
The public Tracker project for CiMonitor is here.
To run tests, run: